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Heelwork webinar

The heelwork challenge that we've had the last couple of weeks has been so much fun! We've really enjoyed following all of you in your training! During the challenge we've recieved quite a few questions - and we believe that you have lots of more questions. Therefore...

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Day 18: Will the heelwork ever be done?

Last day of the heelwork challenge! I hope that you feel that your heelwork has improved - at least mine has. I would like to send you some final, summary words - and of course know how many heelwork sessions you have done in the past few weeks. The one with the most...

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Day 16: Bouncing ball?

Something that often happens when walking to heel is that the dog gets a bit too excited and moves around like a bouncing ball - it walks a little too far ahead, jumps back, walks nicely a step or two, walks ahead a little too far, jumps back, and so on. It often...

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Day 15: Heelwork – level: Nerd

I like measurable things, bars and charts. If it's possible to measure something, I would love to do so - preferably in Excel. When I started to clicker train , I did a lot of logging of different behaviors I trained, but in the gun dog training I haven't been logging...

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Day 14: Who are you walking with?

Many dogs quickly build an expectation of who's really in charge - it's that interesting person with the gun or the dummies .All of a sudden, the dog walks to heel with them instead of with you ... https://youtu.be/C8CeJye3oFU Tassla walks to heel ... with the guns...

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Day 13: Leash off means walk to heel

I like to teach my dogs "default" behaviors, things that they should do even though I don't say anything but the situation itself tells them what to do. One such behavior is that when I take off the leash, the dog should walk by my side (if I am in motion, if I stand...

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Day 12: Reward placement

Something we talk a lot about on our courses is reward expectation and reward placement. Used properly, they are great training tools, but they can also counteract the training if we're not aware of them. I simply use reward placement to create the reward expectation...

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Day 11: Endurance

Many dogs are happy to walk properly for a while, but then they get tired. The heelwork is something that needs to last for quite some time, so it is important to build endurance early. With eager dogs I think the "dull heelwork" is a very good foundation, but even...

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Day 10: Help eager dogs by managing them

Some dogs get very excited as soon as something happens - they walk nicely when you turn away from the distractions but get excited again as soon as you turn back. Then it is even more important not to let the dog work out of that anticipation but to turn around, walk...

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Day 9: Follow the left leg

Besides being able to walk for a long time at my side when I walk straight ahead, the dog needs to be able to follow along when I turn in different directions, when I stop and when I take a step backwards. Here it is great to bring in the obedience heelwork and work...

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Day 8: Distraction training with food bowls

"My dog can walk to heel for a long time as long as there are no distractions nearby" is something I hear often. And that's right - when we train at home or walk longer distances, it usually doesn't happen much, so the dog just tags along. But when something happens...

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Day 7: “Dull heelwork”

"Dull heelwork" means that the dog just tags along by my side. The dog will not be able to heel by anticipation a whole hunting day, so I want to create a feeling of calm in the heelwork as early as possible, especially with eager dogs. In this way, I also get the dog...

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Day 6: Pivot

When the dog can find it's position by my side when I walk it is also good if it can come to my side when I stand still. Something I often see both on courses and trials is that precisely that part is quite ceremonious. In many cases, the dog cannot get into position...

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Day 5: Beware of mistraining!

Heelwork is something that many people with me work a lot on and sometimes struggle with. "How hard can it be to just walk there?" We think. "Very difficult and terribly boring - all the fun happens in front of me" the dog probably thinks. And that is exactly what is...

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Day 4: Heelwork – from many perspectives

Since the heelwork consists of many parts and should work in many environments, I believe more than one way is needed to train it. I think it is perfect to combine the gun dog training with the detail focus from the obedience training. I divide the training into three...

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Day 3: Get started with heelwork

I start to train heelwork as soon as I get the puppy home and continue practicing practically every day of the dog's life. What I do first is to reward the dog for voluntarily seeking out my left side and then I gradually increase the time it should walk there. First,...

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Day 2: Heelwork diagnosis

Something Lena and I usually distinguish ourselves with is that we want to practice what is most important right now to achieve the result we want. It applies to our courses, with our private students and not least in our own training. We even have a number of...

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Day 1: Heelwork challenge!

Heelwork is something that a lot of people struggle with. It requires a lot of training and focus to become good. Therefore, I'm going to have a heelwork challenge in the coming weeks (until the end of February)! I will post a heelwork advice every day - and also...

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Hello, who’s this then?

One of the best days in life is the day when a new puppy enter the house. So much joy, love and hope! And there you are, adoring your puppy, thinking about all the fun you will have and... before you blinked the puppy is 10 months and a hand full. 😉 Elsa and I...

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